Has getting collagen injections done ever crossed your mind? Collagen injections give your skin a plumper, smoother appearance. Although collagen is the best known filler, there are many other substances doctors can use to plump up your skin. For now, we focus on collagen. What does it do? Is it safe? Anything I should be worried about? Here we try to answer these questions.
As an introduction, I’m gonna tell you more about your skin first. Your skin has three important layers: the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue. The upper-most layer, known as the epidermis, controls the loss of water from cells and tissue. Without this protective barrier, the body would quickly dehydrate. Just below the epidermis lies the second layer, the dermis which is primarily made up of a protein called “collagen.”
How Collagen Injections Work
Collagen acts as the support structure for the skin. As you age, the collagen in your skin becomes more irregular and disorganized. Collagen injections then, replenish the skin’s natural collagen. The natural beauty of your skin is enhanced as the contour of the support structure is restored. Only a trained health care professional can administer collagen injections though.
How Much Collagen Do You Need?
The amount and frequency of collagen you need will depend on which product you use. We recommend you consult your dermatologist or plastic surgeon first. However, we can tell you that, just like natural collagen, replacements will lose form over time too. Eventually, they will wear down and you might need another dose. Treatment may require collagen injections two to four times a year.
Facial collagen injections are a safe and effective way to achieve shapely lips and smoother, less wrinkled skin. However, patients should be aware that the treatment does involve possible risks. These include allergic reactions, uneven skin tone around the treatment area, and skin infections. Otherwise, collagen injections are generally safe.